The Art of Transformation

Three Things Churches Do That Change Everything

Paul Fromberg

May/2017, 176 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5x8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819233745



• Everyday actions work to transform life personally and in community
• Develop relationships to work for social change
• Welcome the "other" as source of transformation, life's beauty as revelation of God

It's all too common for Christians to wonder, if Jesus came to bring transformation and wholeness, why do I still feel like the same old me and struggle with the same issues as always? Paul Fromberg, rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, offers a practical approach to life transformation that proves that church, if done right, can be the catalyst for bringing about real change in people's lives.

For those frustrated that they haven't had real experiences of transformation in their churches and for church leaders who are frustrated that members aren't being transformed by their experiences in church. Fromberg presents a way to move beyond cynicism, sadness, and alienation and reconnect with the deep, passionate, beautiful life that God has in mind for us. The first step is to question assumptions, but it takes relationships to make this change and courage to risk what you know for the sake of being made new. The intersection between beauty, justice, and friendship is the place where people can dare to be transformed. The best gift the church can give is to make transformation a real part of people's lives.

Audience: Post-cynical seekers after God's promise of joy in life; radical followers of Jesus of Nazareth who know the church can do better; post-evangelicals and those who love them; church leaders frustrated that many of their parishioners are not becoming better, kinder, and more loving people; readers of snarky-lovely authors such as Nadia Bolz-Weber and Sara Miles.

Paul Fromberg is rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco and president of the Board of The Food Pantry at St. Gregory's. In addition to congregational ministry, he teaches at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and for the Diocese of Minnesota and is a consultant with congregations across the country, including, with Sara Miles, Nadia Bolz-Weber's House for All Saints in Denver. A retreat leader, mentor, and participant in emergent church conversation groups, he is also a speaker and liturgist for the Wild Goose Festival and Greenbelt Festival in Great Britain and a contributor to liturgical materials for the Episcopal Church, including Daily Prayer for All Seasons and rites for blessing same-sex unions. A deputy to General Convention, he serves on the Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Music. Fromberg and his husband Grant Martin live in San Francisco with their dog, Frankie.

"The Art of Transformation will introduce you to a gifted writer, a profound message, and a truly beautiful congregation. And if you let it, it will inspire you to practice the art of transformation wherever you are."
—Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist

"Challenging, thoughtful, and inviting, Fromberg speaks to the tenderness, harmony, and messy beauty of spiritual transformation in community. Inhale this book deeply and discover your own beauty, which can only be found in a life animated by community."
—The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, D.D. Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Texas

"In this beautiful book, full of compassion and humanity, Paul Fromberg invites us to practice the art of transformation through beauty, art,story, worship,engagement with others, andfriendship,and to embrace a relationship with God who 'delights in our striving to be made new.'"
—Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University

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  • Transformation
  • Justice

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